Weapon of Choice: “Monster Scouts Field Typewriter Mark 1” 1956 Empire Aristocrat #S2/268670
Typewriter Club LIVE – Sep 26, 2021
The Service Manual covers the Left-Hand lift Bichrome mechanism, but my Aristocrat is a Right-hand single-color lift mechanism. Arrows point to the relevant parts for the ribbon lift, coming down from the Universal Bar.
Yup, I have to push the ribbon lift down to see the underscore. Needs adjusted.
Mis-spoke here, the Baby actually started with Right-hand Lift in 1936, but switched to Left-hand lift in 1940, then back to Right-Hand lift in 1954 and back to Left-Hand in 1960. Mysteriouser and mysteriouser.
On the right-hand lift machines, there are three links actuated by the Universal bar/comb. The first one on the inside controls the ribbon lift, and you would form the bend on this linkage a little flatter to bring the lift down, or sharper to bring the lift up. Note the sticky-back felt I’ve applied to the back surface of the U-Bar comb – this is a mod discovered by Rick Van Krugel on the Facebook groups, and it deadens the little high-pitched ring that this comb produces when typing.
There we are. Maybe not a full millimeter, but at least I can see the underline strike and I’m in no danger of overshooting the top of the ribbon.